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Podcast: Boom pulls ahead in the supersonic race

written by Robyn Tongol | June 9, 2021


United Airlines announced this week it is locked in to purchase up to 50 supersonic commercial airliners from Boom Supersonic, in a ground-breaking multibillion-dollar deal.

In this episode of the World of Aviation Podcast, host Adam Thorn and reporter Hannah Dowling discuss the details of the deal, and its significance following the recent demise of rival supersonic jet-maker Aerion.

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Plus, the team shares their thoughts on a senior FAA safety official who finally stepped down from his role, after facing harsh criticism for not implementing adequate safety investigations into the 737 MAX following the first of two fatal crashes.

Also, the crew talks about the extension of ‘no alcohol onboard’ policies by a number of airlines, as instances of physical and verbal abuse against cabin crew continue to rise.

Podcast: Boom pulls ahead in the supersonic race Comment

  • Captain G

    says:

    This is great news for aviation and the travelling public. The questions here are:
    1) Sonic Boom, does this mean that the FAA will need to change or update their 1973 rules regarding no supersonic flights above Mach 1 over land?
    If the FAA is intending to change the 1973 rules for supersonic flights now why did they fight and ban Concorde and not change the rules then?
    Is this because Zoom is a US company but Concorde is made by a non US company?
    2)How will the Zoom be certificated as it is largely different from a subsonic plane. The structure and engine will have to and need to go through more thorough testing to ensure safety and reliability before certification. Concorde went through tens of thousand hours testing and designing tat airplane and will the Zoom Supersonic be put through the same stringent testing?
    3)After the 737 Max fiasco it shows that not even Boeing is infallible so Zoom will need to be transparent and show a detail test program and the subsequent result of each test.
    It is only then will the travelling public be confident that the plane is safe for civil transportation.

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